Yesterday, I found myself back in Dearborn for the YWCA Women of Achievement Luncheon held at the Dearborn Inn. This was another stunning venue. I was so humbled and proud to be awarded “Young Professional of the Year” by the YWCA of Western Wayne County. Among the honorees was Carolyn Clifford from Channel 7 News, who was awarded “Woman of the Year.” It was empowering to hear Carolyn share her personal story with domestic violence. She and her mother are truly inspirational women. Out of all my accomplishments, this one was so very special because I had to be nominated for consideration and since I was chosen “Young Professional of the Year,” I have been partnered with Julie Nichols, a senior at UM Dearborn, who I will be mentoring this next year. I wish Julie the best of luck as she starts studying for the MCAT. This award would not have been possible without the nomination sent in by Pat Hermatz. I have such admiration for the impact she has made on so many young women's lives in our community and I am grateful for everything she has done for me. Pat, you are my “Woman of the Decade!” Thank you so much for your friendship and leadership. I also want to thank my parents, Aunt Joy, Granny Sheila, Pat and Dennis for coming to the luncheon and sharing in this honorable experience. Success is a journey, not a destination and this award truly emulates that.
Today was the 64th Annual Wyandotte Christmas Parade! It was very exciting to see all the University of Michigan fans along the parade route. Although this is a holiday tradition, I had to bring along some Maize and Blue in spirit of the UM vs. OSU game. However, I think I have a “parade omen” because the last time I was in a parade the day of a UM football game, they lost to Appalachian State. Although, the season was not what we had hoped for, I will always stay true to Maize and Blue!
I have to send a big congratulations to Brooke Brennan on her recent engagement! How exciting! I also must congratulate Sheila Klein, the new Miss West Michigan! I look forward to spending another week in Muskegon with my Miss Washtenaw sister! I cannot go without congratulating Gina Valo, on all her success throughout her pageant journey. I was honored to share the stage with her multiple times and I wish her the best of luck in all her future endeavors.
I also want to thank Sue Trailer for all her dedication to Arbonne and the Miss Wayne County program. I really appreciate her help with my fundraising efforts. This month has already been filled with many memorable events and we are only half way through November!
Until next time,